Bakelite Button Bracelet

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Show and Tell - Share your treasures' started by lindapoirier, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    I own many books on bakelite and mostly, I will never be able to afford most things in these books unless I luck out at estate or thrift or garage.

    These however, from 'The Bakelite Jewelry Book' (Corinne Davison and Ginny Redington Dawes), I might be able to make from Bakelite buttons!!!


    I am going to keep adding buttons to mine. As I find them. I can afford only $20 per button so I search high and low.

  2. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

  3. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  4. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    My kitchen table. Yellow "ice cube" Formica. I had the hutch and when I had my new home party, one of my clients said she had the matching table. She gave it to me!


    Those black chair cushion were given to me by my best friend. It took years to find chairs for them and one day after a yard sale they were in a pile of free stuff!


  5. poppysvintageclothing

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  6. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest


    I still have 6 more buttons coming to add! I had 2 pairs of cherry easrrings so I turn a pair into buttons by adding eyes instead of earring screws.
  7. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    I have three more buttons to arrive. I found nine buttons left too much bracelet showing. 3 more should be perfect, fruits and vegetables sprouting from my wrist!!


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  8. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest


    As one of eleven children who grew up on a farm it wasn't outrageous for a 10 year old girl to scrub the kitchen floor with a rag and a bucket of bleach suds without gloves. My hands always shock me when I see them in photos.
  9. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    Wow. I want a tour of your house and would like to see ALL your collections!
  10. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    Hahaha! My best friend is always telling me that he waits until I take on another interest. He loves to see my passion.

    Mostly, I would love to have a Philadelphia Bakelite bracelet BUT I know I will never be able to afford one unless I find one at a sale. So, this is the next best thing for me.

    I am lucky to be a farmer's daughter who's father happen to be a carpenter, so there is nothing I am ever afraid to attempt.

    I reparged my foundation last summer. No one else but me working a few hours every day. That grey wood lined up is from our barn on the farm where I grew up!


    I literally had to rebuild the corner with cement and forms.


    I painted the foundation white!


    I bought the metal pergola ( on sale ) at Lowe's. I wanted chartreuse and coral for the deck. It took twice as long to build then stated because I was alone ( it didn't occur to me that I would need help). Eventually, I put the sides together on the ground and raised them from there. I left a review at Lowe's because so many people were "dis"ing it. I said that one woman did it by herself and that life is WHAT YOU MAKE IT!!!!


    I got this screen at a yard sale for $20. It had padded fabric on one side and was burgundy. I cleaned it up and bought that great green paint!


    Edit. I thought, "How difficult could it be to parge?" It was INCREDIBLY difficult. Oh well, live and learn.


    With vintage in mind, those are Russell Woodard spun aluminum chairs ( $20 ) and a Redwood picnic table with benches ($5 ). Yes, I painted it!
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2018
  11. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

    You are fabulous - honestly! That deck looks fantastic, and so does your bakelite button bracelet. I wish I had more time to do things, it's not that I lack ideas...
  12. poppysvintageclothing

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  13. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    I was wondering about "parging" as well! "How difficult could it be to parge?" Beats me! It all looks difficult to me!
  14. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    It isn't something I suspect a lot of people know how or try to do. When I was doing it I spoke to a couple of contractors about it and I always told them what I told you. "I didn't think it would be difficult." To which, they all added, "Linda it ain't easy." Or some variation of that line. I think I impressed them with those same photos. The test, however, will be seeing how my job weathers winter and all the elements to follow.

    Anyhow, I am wearing my unfinished bracelet tonight. With this wicker necklace. I got it about 8 years ago. I always thought it to be modern but I am curious what your opinions are on it's age?

  15. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    Finally finished. I found a 10K bracelet in my gold stash so I realigned everything.




    Added that Czech Republic (modern) glass fly on a lobster clasp(so I can move it about). Who's never seen a fly about fruits snd vegetables?!



  16. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  17. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    Thanks. I am very happy about the results.

    Something I have been thinking about is that I have never seen a piece of vintage clothing with these types of buttons. So, has anyone else ever seen a garment with these buttons? Any photos of any?
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2018
  18. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  19. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    Oh Lord - I wish I had known about this earlier! I had a bunch of those buttons that I sold at Brimfield this summer.
  20. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member


    WOW on everything. I am impressed with your hard work and design ideas. :clapping:

    The bug looks like it might be a cicada, and not a fly. Pretty cool.

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